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Updatey things that aren't about books

... although there will be another book post along soon, too.

Back in November, I mentioned some meditation options that I was looking into (DW/LJ). I've been to SYVC in Putney three times so far, thanks to C covering dogwalking duties for me, and we've agreed that I'll aim to go to group meditation once a month, plus the occasional yoga course. I still felt I wanted to learn more about vipassana, though, so I've signed up for this online course. Of the twelve weeks, actually only the last three and a half focus on vipassana and the rest on preliminary exercises, but that seems to be quite common. The first five weeks are mindfulness of breathing and metta, both of which I've done before as one-offs, but I dare say it will be good for me to do them more consistently for a while. It's already got me to increase my meditation sessions from one per day to two, which turned out to be much easier to integrate into my routine than I thought. That has to be a good thing.

In my post in November, I also mentioned another Sivananda yoga place, Light Yoga Space, whose group meditations are at an inconvenient time. I decided that it might still be worth giving their other classes a try, so I took a workshop there a couple of weeks ago, followed by a drop-in class. It was very recognisably the same style of yoga, but the atmosphere is very different - less ashram, more hippy festival - quite an interesting contrast. I like it in its way, so I'm going to try to make it to their Monday drop-in classes most weeks instead of going swimming; the local pool seems to have turned the water temperature down to Arctic again, which isn't good for my back.

All exercise apart from gentle dogwalking is on hold at the moment, though, because I have a nasty chest cold that makes me wheeze when I do anything requiring effort and also probably shouldn't be inflicted on innocent bystanders. I really hope it clears up by the weekend, because dr_d and I are taking the dog to the Lake District. I need to be able to walk up hills, dammit!

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Feb. 28th, 2013 01:44 am (UTC)
Hello! I know this is late, but Ive only just discovered you and your blog!

My friend Willie / Kusaladana, from the next road along from me, runs Buddhist meditation classes locally, not sure if that might be of interest?

Im toying with going myself, but not sure I could relax in a class setting (any kind of class!)
Feb. 28th, 2013 01:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm actually leaning more towards something paganish at the moment, but I'll bear this in mind.
Feb. 28th, 2013 02:05 pm (UTC)
Have friended you so that you can see more posts, but won't be offended if you don't reciprocate - I see you keep your friends list quite short :-)
Mar. 7th, 2013 03:20 pm (UTC)
Have friended back, but I dont post much anymore! Blog articles go to, short thoughts go to twitter, and anything stuck in the middle falls into my LJ. :-)

I will probably use it more when we get a puppy, because I need to create a filter to exclude a friend who would prefer no doggy triggers. But I might do that on FB instead (which I have also neglected lately).

Anyway, youre in, and Im looking forward to getting to know you better.
Mar. 8th, 2013 02:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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